We don’t mind if you have an hour to spare or a whole day, if you are free during the day, in the evening, or anything in between; we have a range of volunteering opportunities to suit your abilities and time.
Help with tree planting and maintenance: In summary, we plant trees at sites across the Brecon Beacons area in the winter months, conduct tree maintenance and management over the summer months, and run a tree nursery all year round. We organise work parties (normally from around 10am-4pm depending on the activity and the time of year) in the hills: this might involve planting trees, sowing seeds, composting saplings, making stiles, clearing bracken, monitoring wildlife or surveying wild flowers - anything and everything needed to make sure our trees are planted well and get the best start in life. Generally, the roles are active and on uneven, often steep ground, but the nursery is on flat ground beside a mountain stream. The best bit, though, is getting to know a diverse range of people of all ages and backgrounds, people who want to be the change they wish to see. We often end our days with a BBQ on the hill if the weather is good or tea, cake and chat in the valley if not.
If you want to get an idea of what a volunteer tree planting day comprises, please watch this wee film we made about a small plant on a farm near Abergavenny.
If planting trees or scything bracken is not exactly your bag, perhaps you would like to help us out with something else – managing our start-up nursery, copywriting, IT, PR, devising our educational strategy, photography, ecological surveys or social media? Here are a few ideas:
Help with ecological surveys: We are developing sustainable and volunteer led surveys of our woodland areas. This will involve surveys of flora (plant life), lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) and birds. We have begun doing the surveys with specialist ecologists and those ecologists are now training our volunteers, so we can continue to collect data about our woodlands in a way that shares ecological methods more widely amongst the STUMP community.
Help with grants and funding: We are always looking out for opportunities to get additional funding for our work in general, as well as specific projects. If you have a way with words, you might want to consider helping us write the most finely crafted of applications and funding bids. This is for someone who is confident writing clearly about what STUMP is proposing, what we are trying to achieve and how we want to get there. Of course, we would hugely welcome ideas and input from anyone with charitable fundraising experience.
Help with our social media and website content: At STUMP we love the fact that our social media feeds are generated by real and enthusiastic people who genuinely just love trees. That is why we have a really good response to the things we post. Helping with our social media will involve getting stuck in with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more - letting people know about the work we are doing, how they can get involved and highlighting other good research and project work being done in relation to trees, woodland creation and afforestation generally, across the UK and further afield. Helping could also involve researching and developing news items and blogs for our website.
Thanks very much for reading. Do let us know if you would like to see our Volunteer Policy.
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